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The X-Files: Fight the Future
Knoflíkáři or Buttoners

The X-Files: Fight the Future

People uninitiated in X-Files lore can go to the movie, and, thanks to some seamless exposition, follow the plot. In one nifty bit of back story, an inebriated Mulder (David Duchovny) explains to a barmaid that he is the key figure in an ongoing charade involving alien invasion. In another scene, Scully (Gillian Anderson) describes how she was assigned by the FBI to debunk Mulder's theories about little green men. A new character, a global conspiracy-obsessed gynecologist (Martin Landau), spins a tale of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's role as the "secret government." The Well-Manicured Man recounts the Syndicate's role in colonizing Earth. But that makes for some slow going through the first half of the film. There are flashes of humor for longtime fans: Mulder poking fun at his own stony demeanor - and by association Duchovny's generally expressionless acting - and later relieving himself on a poster for another famous alien movie. And one of writer-producer Chris Carter's masterstrokes is starting the action in Dallas, cradle of Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories. Romantics among us want to know whether the smoldering sexual longing between Mulder and Scully finally ignites. Suffice it to say, their most sensual encounter propels the movie into a stinging second half with swarms of bees, fields of corn and tunnels of ice.

Hviezda - Nám. 1.mája, Tel.: 367 47; 7-16 September: 15.30, 18, 20.30
YMCA - Karpatská 2, Tel.: 398 788; 7-16 September: 15.30, 18, 20.30, Sat/Sun 23
Istropolis - Trnavské mýto 1, Tel.: 526 4939, 7-16 September: 15, 17.30, 20

Knoflíkáři or Buttoners

This witty and original film (1997) from the Czech Republic by the successful independent young director Petr Zelenka keeps your attention throughout and surprises viewers with its sharp, cutting humour.

Six mini-stories introduce weirdoes and queer fellows such as a Prague taxi driver, a rail worker or historical characters such as a Japanese family trying to pronounce American swear words. Add them all to an American pilot, put them in the Hiroshima bomb era and mix in a strong broth of intertwined destiny and life choices. Winner of the Czech Lion award this year for Best Movie and Best Director, Buttoners is a black comedy that exposes some basic truths about of human eccentricity and our own tired, declining civilization.

Mladosť - Hviezdoslavovo námestie 14, Tel.: 533 5049; 7-16 September: 15.15, 17.30, 20

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